I know we all get comfortable & complacent in the gym & get into a rut of never changing our workout routines. It's very easy to do & I admit I am even guilty of doing this many times while being in the gym. However in the last couple of moths I have been trying to implement new exercises into my workout routines. I took up jump roping many months back as the last time I had actually jumped rope was when I was a kid many many years ago.

I went out and bought a fairly inexpensive jump rope & would go into the aerobic room in my gym when it was free and jump rope for as long as I could trying to work on my form and speed. After a couple months I actually started becoming good and knew that if I kept at it I could get even better. Now I go into the gym and jump about 3-4 days a week for about an hour at a time. Jumping rope is one of the highest calorie burning cardio exercises you can do. Not to mention if you put on some good tunes you would be amazed how fast the time goes while your jumping.

What I am trying to say is that sometimes we need to learn to step out of our comfort zone and try to master something new that we never thought we would be good at. I also started bringing in my boxing gloves to the gym in the aerobic room where they have some heavy bags and I would interval my jump rope with hitting the heavy bag for so many minutes. I began to even incorporate my own little cardio circuit routine, hitting the bag, jumping rope, sprints & even doing some push ups.

All you need to do is use your creative mind and put different cardio exercises together and make your own circuit routine. Like I said we all get bored going to the gym jumping on the old treadmill or elliptical well get out of those same ol ruts & make your own new cardio routines. You'll fine that with the right tunes & exercises you will begin to enjoy your cardio sessions.

I look forward to going to the gym knowing its my cardio day to possibly just jump rope for that hour, because it's a challenge for me to be able to master different jumps on the rope that I didn't think I ever could. Turn your workouts into challenges & start mastering them. Everyone needs goals to help them strive farther in their workouts, as soon as I started making mine, I started surprising myself in my abilities.

So next time you find yourself in a rut in the gym, think of turning that same ol routine you always do into a challenge & doing what you thought was impossible before possible. I believe we are our own worst enemy, when we believe we can't then we can't so turn that around and believe you can & you will.

Make your workouts enjoyable & challenging! Results come quicker when we switch up our routines & shock our bodies! So next time your in the gym, try something new & trust me you'll reap great rewards!!


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